Microbiome researcher, Dr. Rob Knight of U.C. San Diego has concluded from his studies that "It is hard to find a disease that is not linked to the microbiome;" and Washington University scientists have discovered that having a smaller diversity of strains of microbes could result in obesity.
- Lean mice had a more diverse microbiome with more fat-burning microorganisms
- Obese mice had less diverse microbe populations with more fat-storing microorganism
- Researchers even went further by extracting the microbes from the stool of obese mice and transferring the stool to the lean mice. This resulted in the lean mice gaining a substantial amount of weight over a two week period, despite the fact that they ate less.
In another study published in the Journal of Science in 2013, researchers took gut bacteria from the stool of lean humans and transferred it to mice eating a poor carb-dense, low fiber diet, and amazingly these mice did not gain any weight!
The upshot from these studies is that obese humans possess higher levels of fat loving- disease promoting bacteria; now termed firmicutes.
Dysbiosis is the general term for an inflammatory microbiome made up of sparse bacterial diversity, and/or an overgrowth of firmucutes, parasites or candida yeast. This type of microbiome crowd out our beneficial bacteria and disrupt our hormones, metabolism, gut functioning, immunity, our genes; and predisposes us to disease.
If we don’t possess a healthy population of beneficial bacteria, and therefore a healthy ratio of good bacteria (85%) to bad bacteria (15%) we may experience health difficulties.
Aging also has an effect on bacterial populations where beneficial bacteria are replaced by E. coli and streptococci lactobacilli- often leading to constipation.
colon disorders/ cancer
auto immune disease, Parkinson's, c. fibrosis
vaginal yeast infection
poor memory and focus/Alzheimer's
frequent bloating and gas
athletes food/jock itch
Our birth environment and infant history also play a large role in bacterial populations- whether we were born vaginally or from C-section, and if or how long we were breast-fed. If we experienced a birth canal birth, and were breast fed, we will have received our mother’s friendly bacteria.
refined white carbs: bread/rice/pasta
fried foods/French fries
trans fats/hydrogenated oils
vegetable oils: corn, soy sunflower, safflower, peanut
antibiotics/antibiotics in meat hand sanitizing gels and soaps
low stomach acid
birth control pills
large meat servings
environmental chemicals/BPA plastics
low fiber in diet
Roundup weed killer found in
Roundup weed killer found inGMO foods (most processed foods)
|poor stomach acids (acidity is necessary to kill pathogens- see previous post)|
- They are vital for proper digestion and absorption of foods.
- Colonic bacteria also synthesize B vitamins, and vitamin K2, and convert flavonoids, and lignans to their active forms.
- They inhibit gut inflammation.
- They help strengthen the immune system and support detoxification.
- They prevent and reverse leaky gut syndrome by crowding out the bad bacteria, and candida yeast.
- They help to prevent estrogen-dependent breast cancer by controlling the damaging enzyme known as glucoronidase, produced by bad bacteria.
- Eating a diverse mix of colorful and inulin-rich fruits and vegetables throughout the day. Choose orange, red, purple, yellow, green, and blue. Try new produce! Eat from the Rainbow!
- Consuming "Live and Active" probiotic- rich fermented foods and drinks at least once a day.
*Garlic, onions, leeks
Lentils, chickpeas, black beans
“Live and Active” unsweetened plain yogurt and kefir, beet kvaas, kambucha
Pickled foods in brine (not vinegar)
Drink filtered water
When trying to rebalance our microbiome we need to practice what is termed the 4 R's
We need to Remove the offending foods, and disease promoting bacteria.
We need to Replace with healthy foods and supplements- such as HCL and enzymes. (see above)
We need to Re-inoculate with probiotic rich foods and supplements.
We need to Repair our gut lining. (More on this in an upcoming post.)
Remove the Disease Promoting Microbes with Anti-Microbials
- I suggest the Designs For Health's GI Microb-X. It is a proven anti-microbial containing a blend of botanical extracts with a lengthy history of use for building a healthy gastrointestinal microbial balance.
- Designs for Health's Prephage is also recommended. It contains benevolent viruses (bacteriophages) that exclusively infect bacteria and kill them.
- Thorne Research's Formula SF722 is also a very powerful antimicrobial- especially used for Candida overgrowth.
Taking daily probiotic dietary supplements is a great way to jump-start your beneficial bacteria populations, and is one of the mainstays of healthy aging.
Re-inoculate with Probiotic Supplementation
Dr. Michael McCann of Georgetown University Medical Center also espoused probiotics. He declared, “Probiotics will be to medicine in the 21st century, as antibiotics, and microbiology were in the 20th century.”
You do however have to be careful when selecting probiotics- as many do not have viable living strains or can't make it past our harsh stomach acids.
- The best probiotic brand that I have found is Probiotic Synergy spheres and the higher dosage Probiotic Supreme by Designs for Health These products are designed to support the proliferation of beneficial bacteria throughout the small and large intestines in order to promote healthy GI and immune function. Probiotic Synergy spheres and Probiotic Supreme are formulated with cutting edge Biotract technology that uses the most advanced patented delivery and shelf stability technology available to ensure maximum potency and viability. It is this tableting technology and shape that protects fragile probiotic organisms from harsh stomach acid and delivers the highest number of live organisms to the intestinal tract. The end result—higher potency, superior delivery, and minimal waste.. (DFH, 2015) Take one a day.
- Designs For Health FloraMyces is a yeast strain called Saccharomyces Boulardii that is especially beneficial after anti-biotic use; and when suffering from chronic diarrhea, IBS, IBD, C. Difficile, leaky gut; and is also used for boosting SigA gut immunity.
- Lab Testing for Dysbiosis and Candida is also recommended. Many physicians will not order these lab tests, If so, I recommend Direct Labs- an online direct access certified clinical lab that can be used without a doctor's referral. You can order these tests under my account code: R-SAN and receive negotiated discount prices by calling 800-908-0000.
Wishing You Vibrant Health,
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